Loving God, Loving One Another, Loving the World

E-News – August 22, 2020

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Regathering with
Care & Compassion
Tomorrow, August 23!

Tomorrow we will attempt our first regathering for worship! We will experience a new form of togetherness, combining those in our sanctuary with those in their homes. Praise God!
We trust those wishing to worship in the sanctuary to make that decision based on their safety needs. Please complete the Self-Screening prior to coming. The Lobby is set up to comply with the regathering protocols; a temperature check will be done when you arrive. Click on the regathering protocols to refresh your memory of the other changes you will experience. As much as you would love to socialize with your Midway family, please follow social distancing guidelines at all times.

The safety and health of our church family is our highest priority. The staff and Leadership Team will evaluate this first attempt at regathering and trust that with each of us “looking not to (our) own interests, but each of (us) to the interests of the others (Phil. 2:4),” we will be able to continue.


Lori-Lee’s Corner

What a delight it is to be in the church office to provide assistance, meet needs, and share the love of Christ with our Midway community. Thank you for your words of welcome! I have much to learn and so many good people encouraging me on this journey. I very much look forward to getting to know you all. The Lord bless you.


Office Hours

The Church Office will now be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The hours will likely increase when King County enters Phase 3. The Office phone number is 206-878-4861; email: office@midwaycovenant.org.


Deb’s Inquirers Class

If you have been attending Midway Covenant and have not yet joined, are you interested in becoming a member? The Inquirer’s Class is an opportunity to learn about the Evangelical Covenant Church’s Affirmations and Midway Covenant’s vision and mission within the denomination. This new members’ class will provide answers to your questions. Please contact Pastor Deb if you would like to attend (dgustafson@midwaycovenant.org).


66:16

This is a new feature in our newsletter—a space for giving testimony to what God is doing in the lives of our Midway church family. Psalm 66:16 says, “Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what He has done for me!” Ed Dupleich is our featured Midway praise-giver this week. His testimony:

Thank you church family for your prayers. For several weeks, I had severe vertigo and nausea that depleted my strength, appetite, and sense of balance. I saw my doctor and several specialists and they ruled out carotid artery damage and spinal nerve issues, but my condition continued to deteriorate. Thanks to the wisdom of one of the specialists in taking me off of 2 medications that were counteracting each other, I am pleased to let you know that I am improving. I am able to stand up straight and walk with little to no nausea, and with the help of a physical/occupational therapist, I am retraining my brain to be in sync with my movements. God is good, and Marlys and I thank you for your prayers!


Covenant Kids Congo Update

In a recent email, Jensen Smith wrote to thank CKC Supporters and shared an update for three of their ministries:

  • COVID-19 and DR Congo – Covid has reached the northwest part of Congo, but as of the end of July, there have been no reported cases at any of the CEUM hospitals. And in a country of 80 million people, the death toll stands at 210.
  • CHOSEN – Plans to roll out World Vision’s new approach to child sponsorship (where the child picks the sponsor) are on hold due to the pandemic.
  • GLOBAL 6K for WATER – The virtual event drew 60 teams with a total of 23,00 people engaging and raising over $183.000 for clean water – in a year when the whole event could have been cancelled!

Thank you for your partnership!


Prayer Concerns

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”Colossians 4:2

  • Coe – pray for the 2 daughters of a family friend. They are in their early 20’s and just lost their father to cancer.
  • Pray for 4-year-old Royal who has a heart condition.
  • Pray for Maria Grace who has Alzheimer’s.
  • Pray for 6-year-old Andrea who is sad that her father left their family. Pray for God to work in the father’s life.

Thank You

  • Rosemary Maulden for watering the colorful flowers by the front entrance!
  • Dennis Brass for meeting whatever needs he sees, from mowing the grass to carrying donations over to the clothing bank!
  • Lesa Allen for working tirelessly to prepare the clothing bank for opening in September!
  • Coe Scott, our custodian, for her diligence in keeping our building clean!
  • Ken Walugembe for checking on the doors of the Church each night!

This Week’s Sermon

Acts: The Movement Begins

“The Ministry of the Spirit”

from Acts 12:25-13:12
by Pastor Shaun


Special Days

Birthdays

Rick Gettis, September 22

Anniversaries

none this week….